March 3, 2011 - 4:13pm
BY MARK BURNS
The Michigan hockey program has 17 former Wolverines currently playing in the NHL. And one of those players — standout defenseman Jack Johnson — just earned himself a seven-year extension with the L.A. Kings, worth $30.5 million.
Johnson — who played under Michigan coach Red Berenson for just the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons — was and is still known for his offensive presence along the blue line. The Indianapolis native received CCHA Offensive Defenseman of the Year honors during his sophomore season in Ann Arbor.
As a Wolverine, Johnson played in 74 games, totaling 26 goals and 45 assists in his two-year career.
Originally drafted third overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Carolina Hurricanes, Johnson's rights were soon traded to the Kings on Sept. 29, 2006.
Johnson has played in 241 NHL games, grabbing 21 goals and 68 assists.
Here is a full story on ESPN.com of Johnson's new deal: http://es.pn/gd3Ux6